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According to manager Avnet, Groban was very nervous about standing in for Bocelli and had to be talked into it, but his performance prompted the show hostess, Rosie O'Donnell, to ask him to appear on her show the following week, which then led to an appearance on Ally Mc Beal.
Groban was offered a recording contract at Warner Bros. Avnet told Hit Quarters that Warner initially proved resistant to the deal because "They were afraid they wouldn't be able to get a voice like that on radio." Explaining his reasons for signing the artist, Foster said: "I love his natural ability in the pop and rock arena, but I love his sense of classics even more.
He was admitted to and briefly attended Carnegie Mellon University, intending to study musical theatre, but left four months into his first semester after being offered a recording contract and deciding to pursue his singing career.
Groban worked for David Foster as a rehearsal singer on a series of high-profile events, including the January 1999 inauguration of Gray Davis as Governor of California and the 1999 Grammy Awards where—as a stand-in for Andrea Bocelli—he rehearsed Foster's "The Prayer" with Céline Dion.
We might have skated on the line of dating." He also plead the fifth when asked if they've ever kissed.